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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by CullyJoker, Dec 20, 2011.


Have you upgraded firmware on Galaxy W to 2.3.6

  1. Upgrade worked

    23 vote(s)
  2. Upgrade failed - but phone usable

    3 vote(s)
  3. Upgrade failed - phone unusable

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  4. Haven't tried.

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  1. CullyJoker

    CullyJoker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Has anyone successfully upgraded their firmware to 2.3.6?

    I have tried via Kies but it fails.
    If I remove battery and reboot it comes back to normal but still 2.3.5

    I have read some horror stories on the web where people have tried upgrade and were left with an unusable phone that wont boot.

    I am nervous of carrying on but as most posts tend to be about problems and not successes, I wondered what the success rate of the firmware upgrade is?

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  2. CullyJoker

    CullyJoker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I have now successfully upgrade to 2.3.6 but did it from the phone instead of via Kies Air thanks to Andy Dandelion.
  3. marklleach

    marklleach Lurker

    Got my Galaxy W last week on O2 and it came with Gingerbread 2.3.5.
    I downloaded and installed Kies ver on my laptop.

    It took me three attempts to successfully upgrade to 2.3.6.
    The first attempt failed due to the phone not being fully charged, the second failed due to the phone not reconnecting with the laptop and the third attempt worked perfectly and my phone is operating as it should.

    I have used Keis to transfer contacts list, photos and videos without any problems so far.

  4. maalmasri

    maalmasri Lurker


    i am new to android environment,
    i have galaxy w, i would like to install 2.3.6 on it, cos i have a problem with GPS, it always tell "your current location is temporarily unavailable". and i tried to solve this problem, and all tries was worthless
    do u advice to upgrade??

    and how can i upgrade, cos i do not have any idea about how is upgrading
  5. CullyJoker

    CullyJoker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    Make sure your phone is charged and best connected via wifi or if not have a good 3G signal.

    From main menu, press menu (bottom left next to the home button)
    select "settings"
    scroll to bottom and select "about phone"
    select "software update"
    select "update"
    Then follow the instructions..
    Make sure you do not switch off the phone and be patient because it does take a long time, even with a fast internet connection.

    I can't help you any further as my phone is now up to date and so cannot replicate the procedure.

    Just be patient and wait for it to re-boot itsself a couple of times.
    Once it is showing the normal startup screen and stays on it for a while, then try to use the phone and see if it upgraded.

    You can check by looking at "Android Version" on the "about phone" screen.

    Hope this is of help
  6. maalmasri

    maalmasri Lurker

    Still there is no available updates :( in my region
  7. bosox01

    bosox01 Lurker

    i want upgrade my SGW 2.3.5 to 2.3.6 via kies..
    I hope to work. :)
  8. efackus

    efackus Lurker

    i bought my SGW and its already in 2.3.6 firmware :)
  9. anilsenkurt

    anilsenkurt Lurker

    no need to do it with kies. Just go : applications/settings/about phone and click the first on the list which is "Software Update. In that menu check the "Wi-Fi only" and then click Update while you re connected a Wireless internet point. Mine updated it in just 1 minute and now i m using 2.3.6 :)
  10. Sneddy

    Sneddy Newbie

    Whats the difference between android ver 2.3.5 and 2.3.6 ? Any new things?
  11. CullyJoker

    CullyJoker Newbie
    Thread Starter

    The main thing for me was the fix to the problem where you had to constantly resend text messages. When the phone connected to a new mast, the first text you sent failed and required resending. Since upgrading to 2.3.6 I have not suffered this problem.
    I think most of the improvements are "behind the scenes" bug fixing some of the problems they have found such as the one above.
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  12. Sneddy

    Sneddy Newbie

    Oh.. alrite thanks..
  13. poklan

    poklan Lurker

    What are the advantages of version 2.3.6 compared to 2.3.5? I would like to asking about Anti Virus. What happen if I install 2 types of anti virus( Kaspersky and NQ Pro 6.0 ) for my android?
  14. Sneddy

    Sneddy Newbie

    NQ Pro 6.0 is good enough.
  15. acidmax774

    acidmax774 Lurker

    I have a samsung galaxy w too, i don't see any problems on my phone everything is good gps location work perfectly plus i update it to 2.3.6 everything is ok. Oh i use kies software.
  16. acidmax774

    acidmax774 Lurker

    The advantages is new lock screen, phone logo, memo, and smoother scrolling.
  17. GoreGalaxy

    GoreGalaxy Newbie

    I updated my software from 2.3.5 to 2.3.6 via the menu on my phone this morning, then I updated the firmware via Kies via USB this afternoon. I've noticed that Kies gives you different options when you connect via USB as opposed to WiFi.

    The only difference I can see for doing a firmware update is that it puts a Books app into your applications folder and it has some new icon for unlocking your screen. Wow.
  18. creative2008

    creative2008 Newbie

    Updated no problem.

    I did this by fully charging the phone and then doing the over the air update using wifi. Worked perfectly. I've had a small problem with the volume recently which I've only had since I upgraded.

    Would recommend the over the air updates (Settings --> About phone --> Software update --> Update.)
  19. anioannides

    anioannides Lurker

    I've updated mine yesterday with kies! it worked, had no problems!

    unlocking the screen changed a bit, when you swipe the screen and also answering the phone!
  20. dannymur

    dannymur Android Enthusiast

    Of course Kies is a loada crap......I tried official fw upgrade to 2.3.6, but failed.

    Used ODIN, no probs at all, except you need to know which boxes to tick, and have the correct ops file, ancora.ops.

    There are full instructions on XDA, which has gone DARK to-day, where there is now an official forum for this phone:


    There are custom ROM's, custom recoveries[RzRecovery and CWR], and loadsa other stuff and talk.

    Flashing your official f/w with ODIN is preferable to Kies, which sucks, but using the Custom Recovery, now ClockworkMod Recovery version by dev arco, is so much better.

    When XDA comes back on air, check it out......

    In the meantime, peeps in the US should contact your local Representative and also Sign the Pledge as requested.

  21. raghunathraj

    raghunathraj Lurker

    cudnt get it done thru Kies... so tried thru wifi and firmware updated without a hitch (battery needs to be sufficiently charged, say about 80% at least, jus to be safe)... and it worked beautifully...
    since then, I havent faced any android pop-up errors which were irritating me earlier...
  22. jestersdead

    jestersdead Lurker

    I upgraded due to the text problem which seems to affect a few phones. Tried via phone/wifi but got a msg saying no update avialable.

    D.loaded Kies and both phones upgraded no problem
  23. dalezander

    dalezander Newbie

    did anyone upgraded with the latest value pack for galaxy w?
    how was it?
  24. sntaylor

    sntaylor Android Expert

    is the latest value pack, just slight changes such as the locl icon to slide screen off etc?
  25. queeni

    queeni Well-Known Member

    I have not noticed anything but the ugly text - on my previous so nice slide screen ;-) :)
    - but there can of course easily be something in the system itself, we do not notice

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